There is one passion I exercise at work. I’d forgotten about it last night, but it came to me in bed. I have a passion to excel, to learn things, to get them right. When little systems exist, I want to know them better. This is how I did so well shelving books at a library for 6 years (2 years, 4 summers). I didn’t just shelve the books, I became intimately familiar with the Dewey Decimal system. I got to know the collection. I learned to recognize when a book was miscataloged. I took a personal interest in the library and in getting it closer to an optimal state.

This job exercises bits of that passion. I’m still so confused or overwhelmed at times that I can’t get into it fully. But now that I know it’s there, I can nurture it when I feel it.

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